Kathryn Trahan: Bringing Books to the Boonies

By Christian Lampart ‘16

katieKathryn Trahan ’12 is also an AmeriCorp VISTA, serving with the Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile, a non-profit mobile library serving rural communities in northern Vermont. The Bookmobile serves all ages, with special emphasis on helping youth connect with literacy.

“The Bookmobile fights poverty by making books fun and accessible,” states Katie. “In this part of rural Vermont it is not always easy for childcare providers to go to a library and check out books for their kids. “ In addition to making books more accessible to rural youth, the Bookmobile holds events and fundraisers.

“The Bookmobile has story time and does a series of events. For example, I play Pathfinders with sixth graders after school. I am lucky enough to be a part of planning those events; whether they are free or fundraisers, it is always a blast.” Katie says her experience in theater at Marlboro has helped her with group communication and mediation.

“My biggest challenge has been learning how to engage the youth in the afterschool programs so that we have a safe time while having fun. There are so many components that need to come together to make the program successful, and when one element falls apart the whole team needs to come together and figure out a solution.”

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